Long Shot

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A sharp and deceptively layered comedy that's further fueled by the odd couple chemistry of its leads, this Long Shot largely hits its marks.

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Fred Flarsky is a gifted and free-spirited journalist who has a knack for getting into trouble. Charlotte Field is one of the most influential women in the world -- a smart, sophisticated and accomplished politician. When Fred unexpectedly runs into Charlotte, he soon realizes that she was his former baby sitter and childhood crush. When Charlotte decides to make a run for the presidency, she impulsively hires Fred as her speechwriter -- much to the dismay of her trusted advisers.

Cast & Crew

Seth Rogen
Fred Flarsky
Charlize Theron
Charlotte Field
June Diane Raphael
Maggie Millikin
Bob Odenkirk
President Chambers
Andy Serkis
Parker Wembley
Alexander Skarsgård
Prime Minister James Steward
Dan Sterling
Screenwriter
Liz Hannah
Screenwriter
A.J. Dix
Producer
Beth Kono
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Jonathan Levine
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Critic Reviews for Long Shot

All Critics (294) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (238) | Rotten (56)

  • The movie's lack of political substance empties out the relationship at its center; having little to work with and little to hold them together, the actors appear to be meeting each other for the first time in every scene.

    May 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I generally like Rogen a lot but this performance is bad - worse than it even seems because of the drain it is on the movie.

    May 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Some gags could be sharper but the gender-fluid chemistry between the leads is a joy.

    May 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Clearly, Theron can turn her hand to any genre.

    May 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • But laziness, a common flaw of this star's man-child characters, seeps into the whole movie: It can't be bothered to convince us that this particular goofball could or even should win the girl.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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  • It may not work as a movie, but as a love story, it's got great appeal.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Long Shot

  • Feb 11, 2020
    Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron star in the political comedy Long Shot. When presidential hopeful Charlotte Field hires her childhood friend and political journalist Fred Flarsky as her new speech writer the two strike up a romance that could damage her chances. Rogen and Theron give solid performances and have chemistry together. However, the humor is pretty raunchy and crude (as Rogen films tend to be), and the left wing politics are as heavy handed as all get-out. Yet some of the jokes work, and there's a positive message about overcoming one's pride and not letting the opinions of others control you. Long Shot has its moments and delivers a few laughs, but the raunch and the politics get in the way and drag it down a bit.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Oddly mild and politically centrist-affirming for a movie about a woman who spends the majority of the movie trying to enact a climate-benefit policy. Also kind of exists in this weird in-between purgatory world where it's "so woke" and "not like those other RomComs where the guy gets the hot girl just because" but is simultaneously like... The slovenly ~nice guy~ still gets this political powerhouse stunner of a woman by the power of... Being himself? I guess. It's a very half measures movie, is what I'm saying. Moves towards one set of things but can't leave the other set behind. And so a movie with this middling a perspective, of course, gets the middling-est of ratings. Charlize is a fuckin' champ in this though, absolutely runs the show.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2019
    The genre has been done to death, but Rogen and Theron manage to squeeze something out of nothing here. The film is funny and fitting for Rogen's style of humour. It is a shame they released this film in the midst of all the action films, basically rendering this film invisible to the public. I'm sure it will find an audience from streaming and it does deserve some kudos for at least being crafty with the pop culture jokes. 18/08/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2019
    The movie fizzles out at the exact moment it should be more daring both as a romantic comedy and a (sort of) political commentary. Theron deserves better.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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